Patrick J. McLaughlin


Area Served

South Carolina, primarily the Pee Dee region (Florence, Marion, Darlington, Dillon, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties).


Patrick J. McLaughlin practices law in Florence, South Carolina with the Wukela Law Firm. He graduated with a BA from the University of South Carolina in 1997 and received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2004. Mr. McLaughlin’s practice focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights violations and criminal defense. He is a past-President of the Florence County Bar and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) and served as a board member for Justice 360. He is the founder and current co-chair of SCACDL’s annual Criminal Defense 101 CLE and a board member for DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA). Mr. McLaughlin is NHTSA certified in DUI Detection & SFSTs, Drug Evaluation & Classification/Drug Recognition Expert, and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. He has presented on ethics and trial tactics to legal CLEs and lectured on constitutional and criminal justice issues in academia. Mr. McLaughlin is admitted to practice in South Carolina, the United States District Court for South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


University of South Carolina School of Law - 2004 - J.D. University of South Carolina - B.A.

Litigation Experience

Criminal bench/jury trials in magistrate, municipal and General Sessions Courts. Civil bench/jury trials magistrate, common pleas and Federal District Courts. Criminal appeals in S.C. Court of Appeals and S.C. Supreme Court. Civil appeals in S.C. Court of Appeals, S.C. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Notable Cases

Fridl and Hemmingsen v. Florence County Sheriff's Office - $150,000 settlement* Estate of David Watson v. Adams, et al. - $600,000 settlement* State v. Davis - Acquittal after jury trial* State v. Fridl and Hemmingsen - Acquittal after jury trial* State v. Washington - Charges dismissed after 2 jury trials.* Phil Hanna v. Kenney Boone - Jury award for Plaintiff on slander claim of $125,068.00.* Bostic v. American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc., 375 S.C. 143 (2007) - Reversed and remanded.* Farmer v. Florence County Sheriff's Office, 401 S.C. 606 (2013) - Reversed and remanded.* *Past results no guarantee of potential results in future cases.